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Walmart is ‘Driving Customers to My Door’

I can certainly sympathize with the Herchick family (per your editorial in the November 2015 issue of Modern Tire Dealer). Having only started eight years earlier, we can all look back at better times.

Figure 2: Identifying tire pressure sensor components.
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TPMS -- 2011-13 Chrysler 200

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitors air pressure in the four road tires (excludes spare). Pressure in the spare tire is not monitored. There are two tire pressure monitoring systems available, a base system and a premium system. The base system does not specify how many tires are low or where they are located. The premium system does so.

CEO Michael Zuieback personally gave some of the Discount Tire employees rides at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the Pit Crew Challenge, a yearly event hosted by Chairman Bruce Halle. Zuieback races in various spec Porsche series.
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The Future of Discount Tire

When he joined Discount Tire in 2001 as assistant vice president of strategic planning, Michael Zuieback focused on “capturing the values of the company,” as he puts it.

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A Simple Technique to Compete with the Big Boys

Every tire dealer in America competes against strong, established, online tire providers. Most independent tire dealers also compete with the largest independent “tires only” retailer in the country, and many compete directly with Sam’s, Costco and other membership warehouse clubs.

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Demand Trends are Holding Strong Despite Lack of Harsh Winter Weather

According to the results of our dealer survey, demand for replacement tires increased in November. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported they sold 0.6% more tires in November on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.1% increase in October and a 0.6% increase in September.

The 2016 presidential election might lead the evening news, but Mitchell doesn’t expect it to alter consumer purchasing or affect the tire industry.
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‘Will We See a Recession?’

Raw material prices dropped so significantly in 2015 that the one thing everyone expected to happen during the year never materialized. Tire prices didn’t go up.

Devastating floods in October damaged roads in MTD’s NAC member Tripp Lee’s hometown of Sumter, S.C. Repair and cleanup will continue well into next year. Photo by Keith Gedamke/The Sumter Daily Item.
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What’s Up With Consumer Tire Prices?

Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. This month we asked, “How have the tariffs on Chinese consumer tire imports affected pricing in your area?” Here are some of their responses.

As one of the millennials leading the Ohio Tire and Automotive Association, President Colin Gallagher feels the group is “on a launchpad.”
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Enticing Tire Dealers Into Action: Ohio Group Thrives on Young Leaders

The struggles of the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association are not unique. In September the group announced it was suspending activity due in large part to lack of interest from independent tire dealers. In big bold letters New Jersey leaders told its membership that it “needs new blood to join the board of directors and lead our organization into the future.”

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